**Classes Included in Homecoming Ticket Price**
You will choose which classes you wish to attend
Sign up for classes will begin June 1
Lessons from an 18th Century Physician (by Chris Grimes) - Exploring medicine from the 1740’s thru the 1790’s. Discussion shall include such topics as medical practitioners (Physicians, Surgeons, Apothecaries and “Every Man His Own Physician”), Instruments of the Surgeon and Apothecaries, Common Medicines and lastly, Common Ailments and their Treatments.
Flatfooting Dance Workshop (Madison Shepherd) - Did you know clogging (or flatfooting as its called in the mountains) was the social dance in the Appalachian Mountains dating back to the 18th century? Did you know it is the official dance of North Carolina? This class will focus on learning the basics of flatfooting and buck dancing. Beginning with the roots of the dance and learning the basic rhythm patterns with our feet, we will then start to branch off learning different styles and steps such as including basic clogging steps in your flat footing while still maintaining a true flatfooting style. By the end of class, you will not only know the basics of flatfooting and buck dancing, but I can guarantee you will have developed your own style, too! (Note from Beth: Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll want to join in at the Barn Dance on Saturday night!)
Ghosts of The Yadkin Valley and Beyond By The Campfire (R.G. Absher) - Ghostly footsteps, mysteriously locked doors, and apparitions from centuries past. The rolling hills and hollers of the Yadkin Valley have been home to many historic events, from Stoneman’s Raid to the hanging of Tom Dooley. These events have left their imprint on the county’s architecture and landscape, and some of them have even left a ghostly legacy. Join local storyteller R. G. Absher around the campfire as he relates the history behind the haunts with spine-tingling tales, including ghost stories from many of the area’s National Historic Register sites.
Who Was Governor Tryon? (Susan Griffin) - Join Tryon Palace’s Susan Griffin in a discussion about Royal Governor William Tryon. Who was he, what brought him to North Carolina, the man he was and who he became and what motivated him in the Royal Colony of North Carolina.
The Price of the Highland Scots' Loyalty to King George III at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge (Suzanne Adair) Highland Scots famously fought against the English crown at the battles of Sheriffmuir (1715) and Culloden (1745). Then, in the mid-18th century, many relocated to colonies in America, including the Cross Creek (Fayetteville) area of North Carolina, as loyal subjects of Britain. Suzanne Adair, author of an award-winning mystery series set during the American Revolution in North Carolina, discusses what persuaded Highlanders to switch allegiance and migrate, plus the price of their loyalty when the Revolution arrived on their doorsteps.
Tales Of The Regulators (Jeremiah DeGennaro) - We’ve already heard about the Regulators in Season 4 and, of course, if you are a book reader, you know much more about them from “The Fiery Cross”. Join Jeremiah DeGennaro from Alamance Battleground for a discussion on "the history behind Outlander". Jeremiah will discuss quotes from the book and what certain plot points in “The Fiery Cross” are based in real North Carolina history.
Plant Walks (Kerry Masarik) - Learn basic edible and medicinal plants of the Southern Highlands as we explore the trails around Leatherwood. We will discuss plant identification, and a host of 18th century uses for the plants we encounter. Participants are encouraged to bring a journal, writing utensil, and their favorite field guide. Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, and sun hat are recommended.
Hawk and Knife Throwing (Clint Byers) - Essential tools of the colonial woodsman, the hawk and knife were used for a host of camp and daily chores. In a moment of necessity either could be used as a close range projectile weapon thrown with skill and accuracy. Receive instruction in the art of throwing the hawk and knife. This is a great activity for men and women, young or old alike.
Flint and Steel Fire Building (Clint Byers) - Learn the art of using flint and steel to make fire. Instruction will cover basic fire lays, tinder bundle preparation, making and catching sparks, producing flames, and manufacturing charred material. All materials for the class will be provided. Instructor Clint Byers will have flint and steel sets available for those who would like to purchase and take their own fire making kit home.
Wearing the ‘Plaid’ and Basic Survival Gear of the Scottish Highlander (Clint Byers) -
Receive instruction in folding, putting on, and wearing the ‘plaid’ or great kilt. We will examine the basic survival gear carried by the Scottish Highlander and relate this to the basic survival tools of the Carolina backwoodsman.
Making a Traditional Native American Turkey Call (Joe Candillo) - Hunting was a very important skill learned at an early age by both frontiersmen as well as Native Americans. This skill was important for both survival in the American wilderness as well as for attaining animal pelts which were used as trade commodities. The act of hunting was not merely a tool however. In Native American culture there were many ceremonial and ritualistic aspects involved in the process of hunting. In this class audience members will learn about Native American hunting skills and practices during the frontier era. In this class audience members will actually make and learn to use a traditional Native American turkey call to take home with them. This class will also briefly explore Native American hunting philosophies (respect for animals) and rituals that were being practiced by Native Americans prior to the frontier era hunt.
Making a Traditional Native American Corn Husk Doll (Joe Candillo) - Toys were just as important to a child living during the early frontier era as they are to children living today in the 21st century. These simple toys helped take children of the frontier to enchanted magical places in their imaginations. In Native American culture, corn husks, as well as a myriad of other natural materials, were used to make toys for children. These toys were made from natural materials which were skillfully recycled and repurposed. In this class audience members will get the opportunity to learn how to make a traditional Native American corn husk doll from the very same materials used to make them during the frontier era. These beautiful dolls can be taken home with participants and displayed or perhaps gifted to a special child or mother-to-be just as this tradition was done in earlier times.
Campfire Storytelling a Native American Tradition (Joe Candillo) - Oral traditions and storytelling was a very important pastime on the American frontier. Both Native American as well as frontier families shared in the tradition of storytelling. Regardless if the tale was a frontiersman’s stories from the homelands of Europe or a Native American story that originated here in the Americas, oral traditions played an essential role in teaching lessons, keeping records, and giving human beings context in the natural world. In this presentation audience members will be able to experience the Native American oral tradition of storytelling around a campfire just as it was done long ago. Audience members will get an opportunity to hear ancient stories of creation, as well as stories of enchanted animals and places. Through these colorful sacred tales one is drawn closer to understanding Native American culture and life during the early frontier era. Take these stories with you as parts of a long-standing tradition practiced by the people of the early American frontier.
Enchanted Native American Wilderness Walk (Joe Candillo) - The early American “wilderness” was often seen and understood very differently by Native Americans when compared to the perspectives of early frontiersmen. In this presentation audience members will be guided into the greatest classroom ever created… the wilderness. During a low-impact hike in the woods along one of the many beautiful scenic hiking trails on the Leatherwood Resort, audience members will be guided by a Native American to learn to see the enchanted wilderness world much like Native Americans did during the frontier era. Many traditional Native American philosophies relating to respect for the natural living environment, respect for all its inhabitants, human beings place in this world, natural law, and the delicate but perfectly tuned balance of life in nature will be discussed. This presentation will be a wonderful experience for the student of frontier history as it will lay a foundation for understanding indigenous peoples appreciation, love, and respect for the natural living world as an integral part of who we are.
Stories From The Overmountain Men (Overmountain Victory Trail Association) - Hear the story of the Overmountain Men in a living history presentation. Listen to the voices of those who marched through North Carolina on their way to the Battle of King’s Mountain, a battle ending in defeat for the British on October 7, 1780. Many historians believe this battle was the turning point for the Patriots in the Revolutionary War. Will we see Jamie as one of the Overmountain Men in “Go Tell The Bees That I’m Gone”?
Finding Your Roots (Traci Wood Thompson) - Meet with Traci for a one-on-one session to discuss how to go about finding your genealogical roots! These sessions are for those who are just beginning, for those who have already started “digging” but have run into the sometimes inevitable brick wall or for those who have questions about how to dig deeper. Who knows what ancestors you may find and Traci is excited to be able to help you!
Native American Demonstrations & Dance Program (The Warriors of AniKituhwa) - The Warriors will be with us all day on Saturday. The Warriors of AniKituhwa perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They will provide living history demonstrations and artwork.
Workshops NOT Included in Homecoming Ticket Price
**Separate Fee Required**
You will choose which classes you wish to attend
Sign up & payment for classes will begin June 1
Salve making (Kerry Masarik) - Herbal medicine is an essential part of the Outlander series. In this activity participants will learn the secrets of preparing herbs for salves and tinctures. This allows spring and summer herbs to be available throughout the fall and winter when they are often needed but unavailable. The class will include a demonstration on salve making in which participants will help in preparing their own medicinal salve to keep and take home. All tools, materials, and labeled tins provided with class fee.
Basket making (Kerry Masarik) - Learn the art of basket weaving. Baskets were essential containers on the colonial frontier used for everything from collecting food to storing niceties. Basket making was a skill mastered by both men and women. Each participant will be guided in basic weaving techniques as they make their very own basket. All materials provided with class fee.
Drop spinning (Kerry Masarik) - Before a person could, as Jamie would say, ‘clickit’ there was the need to spin wool into yarn. In this workshop, participants will learn the history, types, and technique of using the drop spindle. Spinning of this type was a basic skill on the colonial frontier; as it required no large wheel. Compact and portable the drop spindle could go anywhere. Class will include a drop spindle for the participant to keep and 1oz. of wool roving. Warning- spinning is highly addictive. If you take this class you may end up with a great wheel or two sitting in your living-room someday.
Oh, Those Tea Parties! (Suzanne Adair)- Join Suzanne for tea and cake at this tasty and informative workshop. During the American Revolution, patriot men wantonly destroyed tea to make a statement to the British. Patriot women also used tea to communicate with the British—but in a more subtle fashion. Suzanne Adair, author of an award-winning mystery series set during the American Revolution in North Carolina, discusses how ladies’ tea parties in the Old North State underscored the ways that women of the Revolution controlled the economy and blindsided the British. $12 per person. 1.5 hours.
Knit Like Jamie (Wanda Noble) - No, Jamie won’t be teaching you but you will learn to knit like him. This class is for absolute beginners like Claire and will consist of two separate sessions - one hour on Thursday and continuing for one hour on Friday. By the time you’re done, you will know how to put yarn on a needle and will have a perfect handle on the knit/purl process. So good, that you will be able to start on a simple scarf which you can finish at home - just in time for colder weather!
Goat Soap Making (Dawn Mathews/The Thankful Goat) - Dawn Mathews returns to the Ridge this year to teach us the art of goat soap making in one afternoon.
Make A Fraser Clan Scrimshaw (Rick Sheets) - Join Rick Sheets in making a scrimshaw ornament from natural cow horn with a Clan Fraser theme. Scrimshaw is the art of scratching or engraving a design in horn, bone or ivory and rubbing in ink to reveal the design. Most know scrimshaw as engraved whale teeth and bone. Typically, the word scrimshaw is associated with ivory and the whalers of 19th Century America. HOWEVER, we will be engraving horn in the style of the 18th Century. You will engrave an ornament to keep. The design will be applied to the horn disc for those who do not feel they can draw. For those who have confidence to draw, that is an option too! Length of time for the workshop is 1.5 hours long. The speedy ones can finish early if that suits them.
Make Your Own 18th Century Petticoat Workshop (by Kelley Weatherley-Sinclair) – Need a new petticoat to don at “Jamie & Claire’s Celebration at the Ridge”? Join us for this 2-part workshop where you will cut and construct your very own 18th century outer petticoat! A petticoat is a woman’s skirt-like garment worn with a gown or jacket. Most gowns during the 18th century were open-fronted robes needing the addition of the petticoat to fill the gap. Each participant will supply their own fabric. Bum rolls, pockets, and other accessories can be ordered in advance, link to follow.
Because of time constraints, we will be using sewing machines to sew the majority of your petticoat. If you have advanced hand sewing skills, you are more than welcome to complete your petticoat in that fashion to achieve a more authentic look. All participants will need to know how to sew a “hem stitch” or “whip stitch” in order to complete their petticoat.
Intro to the Daughters of the Revolution (Jill Privott)-
Workshop Instructor Biographies
Chris Grimes - Chris’ love for medical history began in 2009 when he joined His Majesty’s Detached Hospital, a medical living history group who portrays a British General Hospital detachment during the American Revolution. As he began to study for his role as a surgeon-apothecary, was surprised to discover that while we have made many advances during the last 250 years in the areas of anesthesia, germ theory, blood typing and antibiotics, many things haven’t changed. Major medicines today are actually descendants of centuries-old remedies. Surgical procedures and the tools associated with them remain unchanged. In addition, he was captivated by the people who helped make the advances possible. John Hunter (the father of scientific surgery and mentioned in the Outlander books), Percival Pott (Orthopedics), William Cheselden (cataract removal) and William Cullen (classification of diseases and author of “First Lines of the Practice of Physic” which was a widely used 18th century medical textbook) are just a few medical practitioners who changed the world of medicine whom he has studied. Chris is a 1991 Graduate of North Carolina State University and his biography includes the following:
- President, Martin County Insurance, Williamston, NC
- Historical Interpreter, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA
- Living Historian/Reenactor with a focus on 18th and 19th century medicine, artillery and
- Board member, Cupola House Association, Edenton, NC
Kerry Masarik - As an accomplished herbalist, spinner, weaver, and environmental educator, Kerry brings a lifetime of experiential education to her programs. Her more than 12 years of off-grid living give her a unique insight into the struggles faced by women on the 18th century frontier. From cooking over a fire, to treating wounds and sickness, to raising livestock and food, her practical knoledge is tempered by experience. Kerry is truly at home in her 18th century clothing. Presenting at many historic venues, camps, and outdoor education centers, Kerry is well known for her spinning and weaving, her herbal salves and teas, as well as her beautiful baskets; handwoven from natural materials harvested from the woods around her cabin.
Clint Byers - Clint is a North Carolina native and a proud member of Clan Henderson Society. Growing up immersed in longrifle culture, Clint has spent much of his adult life honing his skills as a backwoodsman. Equally at home in knee-breeches, a loincloth, or a kilt, Clint enjoys being in the woods while hunting and camping in period clothing. As a craftsman, Clint works in horn, leather, and iron. His passion is to craft beautiful historically accurate items in a traditional manner. For those interested in learning more about Clint or contacting him, you can do so at www.etsy.com/shop/HornandFiber.
Rick Sheets - Rick is known for his museum quality replica engraved powder horns and hornbooks. He makes horn beakers (cups) and horn spoons in the Scottish tradition as well.
You will find Rick participating in living history events in period attire straddling his horner's bench making powder horns and scraping horn panes for lanterns. He enjoys presenting on and demonstrating the making of horn items in much the way they have been made for hundreds of years. Rick enjoys spreading the joy of the study of history by conducting workshops on scrimshaw and the printing and making of hornbooks. You can find out more at www.patriothorns.com
Jill Privott- Jill is the current Regent for the Daniel Boone Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Her avocation of 18th century re-enacting has allowed her access to many colonial historic sites to include Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg. Her passion for the latter part of the 18th century has immersed her in the re-enacting experience of military and civilian portrayals of the period as well as exposure to the behind the scenes access in many historic sites. Her passion for the period has led her to an in-depth study of primary source documentation and material goods of the period on a local, regional and national level. She hopes to share her journey of the 18th century period with you today.
Joe Candillo - Joe is a proud tribally enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona (Federally recognized tribe). He has a PhD in American Studies with a concentration on Indigenous Studies, a Masters Degree in American Indian Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. In addition to being well educated in the Western school of thought, Joe has learned many material culture techniques and survival skills directly from indigenous craftspeople as well as tribal elders from diverse indigenous communities. It is from this knowledge that he draws inspiration when recreating his arts. He has created traditional material culture items for collectors as well as a number of State and National museums such as the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) and Meadowcroft Rockshelter.
He has taught classes in Native American studies for a number of Universities. He has also presented in many venues to diverse audiences including school and scout groups, academic conferences, civic groups, festival visitors, museums docents, and national/state historic sites. His research background and artistic focus is generally centered on Indigenous material culture traditions, spirituality, and traditional aboriginal survival skills (pre-Columbian – 1900’s). Joe is an advocate of authenticity and the traditional arts. Each original piece he creates is made by intensely researching style and material culture techniques in association with a particular time period and cultural region. He is highly respectful of original works of art and does not specifically focus on reproducing original pieces. He also does not sell “sacred” objects which have been used in a ceremonial context. Although his work may look antique, it is fully functional and created in a traditional manner. www.joecandillo.com
Dawn Mathews - In 2009, Dawn Mathews dreamed of making lovely goat cheeses, so her husband bought her a goat. The goat did her plans in when she ate a laurel bush, toxic to goats, and had to be given an antitoxin which rendered the milk and drinkable for two weeks. Her only option? Make goat soap. The Thankful Goat soap and bath products business was born. Their 1/2 acre yard was transformed into a micro farm. In May 2016, they sold their house and moved to 15 1/2 acres to build their dream farm. www.thethankfulgoat.com
Wanda Noble - Wanda has been knitting for over 30 years, having started in middle school in 4H, and learning from her mother as well. She also crochets and uses a loom. She calls herself the expert beginner…since she says you are always learning in fiber arts.
Jeremiah DeGennaro - Jeremiah is the Historic Site Manager at Alamance Battleground Historic Site.
Susan Griffin - Susan is a Historic Interpreter at Tryon Palace and plans & coordinates tours. She has been heavily involved in planning and participating in the Outlander Tours at the Palace this year.
Madison Shepherd - Madison has been dancing since the age of three and has quickly become one of the most familiar names in the industry in this part of North Carolina. At the age of three, she began taking clogging lessons through a local team and by the age of ten, she was instructing for the team. She began playing banjo at the age of ten as well and was quickly introduced to fiddlers conventions and bluegrass and old-time music. It was through this that she learned about flatfooting and buck dancing and quickly took hold to it developing her own style of mixing both clogging and flatfooting together. It was then that she began competing in both clawhammer banjo and flatfooting and has since then earned over eighty ribbons in competitions. Madison currently serves as an instructor for the Junior Appalachian Musicians program and is a student at Appalachian State University.
Suzanne Adair- Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in North Carolina. Her mysteries transport readers to the Southern theater of the American Revolution, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and hiking. In 2018, she was appointed by North Carolina’s Daughters of the American Revolution to a state-wide committee formed by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to help share information about and coordinate events of America's upcoming Semiquincentennial. She was also awarded a Professional Development Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. For more information, visit www.SuzanneAdair.net.
R. G. Absher - R.G. is a well know folklorist, storyteller, and musician from Western North Carolina. He has produced a number of musical recordings which relate to historical themes of Western North Carolina and has performed at concerts such as MerleFest and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. In addition to his musical background, Absher is well versed in regional history and in many stories and tales of the Yadkin Valley. In 2005, Absher set up (and still leads) the successful Ghost Tours in Downtown Wilkesboro, NC on the properties managed by Wilkes Heritage Museum, as well as many sites on the National Historic Register. Currently, Absher is employed as the Assistant Park Manager at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. He has been the presiding Board Chair of the Wilkes Heritage Museum since 2006 and has served as Vice President of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association since 2003. He is Chairman of the Wilkes Save Our History Committee, a group that raised enough money through donations and sponsors to produce over 200 Oral History interviews on DVD, then distributed these videos to regional school systems and county libraries. Many of these videos have been aired on UNC Public TV. His published works include A Driving Auto Tour of Historic Tom Dooley Sites for the US Army Corps of Engineers (2006). His enthusiasm for the ghosts of Wilkes County led to a series of interviews on Shadows in the Dark Radio, a station devoted to paranormal activity.
The Warriors of AniKithuwa - This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Montreal, and throughout the Southeast. http://www.cherokeemuseum.org/learn/the-warriors-of-anikituhwa
Traci Wood Thompson - Returning for her second Homecoming as our genealogy expert, Traci lives in eastern North Carolina, and is a Certified Genealogist and Local History & Genealogy Librarian. She is also contributing author for Outlander North Carolina.